July 31, 2006, - 3:17 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Jesus Torres, the apparently star-struck Miami Special Agent in Charge for ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement), is in hot water for giving away undercover drug ops sources and methods to “Miami Vice” stars Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx and the movie’s scriptwriters and producers. (My review of this terrible, anti-Israel, pro-Cuba movie is here. Read about the movie’s attack on Israel here.)
Specific ways undercover drug buys and deals are done were disclosed in the movie, which was number one at the box office, this weekend.
Torres–whom agents describe as a “musclehead” body-builder with little intellect or qualifications for his top ICE position–was apparently so dazzled by the chance to meet “Miami Vice” actors Farrell and Foxx, that he took them to the SAC (Special Agent In Charge offices) Miami undercover storefront operation during the production of the film. Showing them the top-secret, classified facility–and how it operates!–was unauthorized by ICE authorities. Torres’ boss, Marcy Forman-Friedman a/k/a “Peppermint Patty,” was justifiably perturbed about it and reportedly suspended him.
This man, Torres, shouldn’t be suspended. He should be fired. But since ICE wouldn’t fire Torres’ friend, then-Special Agent in Charge Frank Figueroa a/k/a “Frankie the Fig,” for committing a sex crime against a teen-ager, don’t expect much more to happen to big mouth Torres. Loose lips sink ships . . . and endanger federal agents. But if you have friends in the right places at ICE, they don’t sink careers.
But that was before the movie came out. Now that the movie is in theaters, agents who have been involved in undercover work and who’ve seen the movie say it is clear that Torres gave out way too much information. They say operational techniques made it to the screen and fear it will jeopardize agents lives. Drug dealers watch these movies and know that all of them have “law enforcement consultants” who work on them. (After 9/11, terrorists–Hezbollah finances its operations through a large drug operation based in the Bekaa Valley– said they watched American movies to get ideas.)
They also fear that Farrell and Foxx may have friends and contacts in Hollywood who are involved in the drug trade, as is common among many movie stars and with whom they may share information on what they saw and learned through their new friend, Special Agent in Charge Torres.
The problem is not just Torres. It is the incredible lack of good people promoted by ICE “leadership.” If Forman-Friedman and soon-to-be-departing ICE chieftess Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess” actually appointed qualified people–instead of cronies–Torres would never have been in the position to give away important confidential law enforcement information to airhead actors from Hollywood. The fish rots from the head down and Julie Myers is the rotten current head.
Although ICE’s Undercover Review Committee hasn’t approved a new drug, arms, or money laundering undercover operation in years–largely because ICE has dropped all old Customs investigations and focuses mostly on immigration enforcement–there are still old investigations that are ongoing, as well as many other federal and local law enforcement parties and officials who use the same techniques and methods in undercover operations.
Another problem is not just the drug trade. Agents say that international weapons dealers and smugglers–such as an Iranian arms dealer caught by Torres’ Miami ICE office–are caught using many of the same methods the new “Crockett & Tubbs” got to see. Ditto for money laundering. But ICE is not involved much anymore in these kinds of investigations, making American more vulnerable, not safer from these kinds of crimes with the Homeland Security reorganization, creation of ICE, and elimination of Customs.
ICE still gives lip service to these investigations for the purposes of positive PR for Julie Myers. But in fact they are not being done, and we are less safe. Now we can thanks Myers et al for Special Agent Torres’ legacy, which they can add to their career epitaphs.
ICE . . . It’s the comedy that keeps on giving. Joke’s on you, America.
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